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07|03 MERCATO D’HIVER: Never Have I Ever!

Welcome to my Football Manager 2020 blog. In this latest instalment of my journey with Stade Rennais F.C. I'll be reviewing our January transfer window and the matches for the month.

SeasonSeven.EpisodeThree | Mercato d’hiver

Welcome back to my Football Manager 2020 blog. If you missed by previous post, you can catch up with everything that happened, here:

07|02 MATCHS ALLER: If There Was a Trophy for Being Top at Christmas…

January 2026

Never have I ever. Never have I ever hated a club as much on FM as I do Paris Saint-Germain Football Club.

I’ve gone through periods during this save where I have thought about leaving. The jibes on twitter that I should have won the league by now and that the spending at PSG shouldn’t be a barrier to us winning the league, but ever season I cannot help but to look at their spending and wonder how on earth we’re going to over turn them.

This summer the reinforced with €354M worth of talent. Renato Sanches from Lyon for €73M. Reinier was a €149M purchase from Atlético. Fabinho from Liverpool for €54M. Corentin Tolisso for €67M from Bayern to name a few of their incoming players.

Being able to sell players like Kylian Mbappé for €207M helps, but our strategy can only be to buy young players with potential who grow into world-class talents. This only works if you can keep your world-class talents for long enough that you actually get to bear the fruit of your labour.

THE TRANSFER WINDOW

The introduction probably gives you an idea of what happened this transfer window.

Transfers in

So the players in.

IN | Sabiá | €15M from Vasco da Gama

Having a scouting network based in the hotbeds of talent production has meant that we can keep tabs on players from an early age and move for them when we believe that they’re developing as expected and there are signs that they will reach their potential. Sabiá was on a list with two other Brazilian’s, and it is him who we believe the the best of the three. Let’s hope we’re right.

I will be retraining him to play on the left, so I expect a few poor performances until he’s up to speed in his new position.

Sabiâ

Transfers out

A couple of players left this window.

OUT | Ênio | €165M to Manchester City

That is not a typo. Manchester City came in with a bid of €165M for Ênio. What’s worse is that they’re playing him at left-back. Annoying, because I trained him to be able to play there and it is that versatility that made City take him. He is a tremendous player but no player is worth keeping for that money. We will use the rest of this season to train Sabiá in his position.

Ênio

OUT | Eduardo Camavinga | €98M to Manchester City

Those over in Manchester must like what we have in the water here at Rennes. This was a poor piece of business in hindsight, but a promise is a promise.

Camavinga came to me after I rejected a bid from Arsenal saying that he needed to leave to better his career. I’ve had him a lot longer than I thought I would so, being late in the window I agreed to sell him for €90M if a bid came in and set the automatic instructions to accept all bids over this. City didn’t get the memo and came in with €98M on deadline day and the deal was done.

Eduardo Camavinga

Youth player promotions

There haven’t been any more promotions to the first team this season.


JANUARY 2026

As is customary for January, we’ve had our three cup games this month and managed to squeeze by each one. Granted, the first couple were a little easier.

January 2026 results

Let’s start with that red dot. PS-bloody-G. I honestly cannot stand them. I’ve never had a team wind me up as much as PSG have done this save. Late goal after late goal after late goal. They’ll win the league this year, for sure. They’re ahead of us now and they’ve played Lyon and Marseille twice and beat them. The below epitomises of them. I guess their team are just more determined and work harder.

After PSG we returned to our normal form. Winning games comfortably, more comfortably than some of these score lines would suggest. Sabiá is struggling a little adapting to the left wing, but it is to be expected, considering he has no familiarity with the position whatsoever. But when I compare his current ability with Ênio, I know that he can be excellent for us. I just hope his development goes well.

Ênio vs Sabiá

And so the excitement of another league challenge starts to dissipate, as we become the chasers I see no signs that PSG are about to relinquish control of the league. It’ll take something drastic to end their run, like the money running out, perhaps.

So Ênio and Camavinga have left us, two products of our youth academy generating €263M in funds. I don’t get all of this, but the board have given me €147M to spend. The majority of this will be going on many of the youth players the scouts have identified this window, but I’ll save all the the transfer business for the end of the season.

(Click here for the full table)

Here’s to the rest of the season.

YOUTH WATCH

Returning this January, we take a look at the youth players playing in the first-team squad and profile how they’re doing for us.

Savvas Nikolaou

This guy is immense. I’m trying to ease him into the setup, considering his age, but he just wants to play and when he does, he outperforms his defensive partner. Gelin was subject to a €45M transfer bid this window, but selling him would have given us just three central defenders which wouldn’t be enough.

If this guy keeps up his development he’ll be first choice next season. 16 games played, 3 goals, 7.42 rating. Love it.

Savvas Nikolaou

That just about wraps things up. A frustrating January where we lost one of our best players and lost our league position to PSG. My next post will be covering the rest of the season!

As always, you can get in touch with me in the comments below, via twitter @fmfutbolmanager, or my slack channel #fmFutbolManager — if you’re not a part of the Football Manager Slack community, then you can join here!

Until next time, à tout à l’heure.

Oliver Jensen

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